Survival Strategies of Annual Desert Plants / Edition 1

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Overview

Annual desert plant species of unrelated taxa in the Negev Desert of Israel have developed complementary sets of adaptations and survival strategies as ecological equivalents with physiological, morphological and anatomical resemblances, in the various stages of their life cycle.
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"... this book is recommended to experts as well as to others with interest in plant sciences (physiology, ecology, conservation biology or botany). A most valuable trait of the book is the comprehensive summary of our actual knowledge on the adaptations and survival strategies of annual desert plants, what was not yet available. Aided by analysis of numerous experiments and case studies observed in the Negev Desert ..., the author demonstrates that these plants are not just interesting exceptions, but one of the greatest survivors of their habitat." (Community Ecology)
"This book encapsulates a lifetimés wisdom on plant survival in the harshest of environments - the desert ... The content of the book ranges widely, with examples from many of the worl&dacute;s great deserts, drawing together information from both old and new literature and describing many of the observations and experiments from the authoŕs own laboratory. ... The wealth of information within this volume, with the twenty-two pages of literature citations, makes this dedicated work the encyclopedia from which to start." (Israel Journal of Plant Sciences)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540431725
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 10/3/2002
  • Series: Adaptations of Desert Organisms Series
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Desert Biome, Survival Adaptations and Strategies of Annual Plant Species 1
2 Flowering Strategies 37
3 Strategies of Phenotypic Plasticity of Germination During Seed Development and Maturation 65
4 Strategies of Phenotypic Plasticity of Germination: Dormancy After Seed Maturation 127
5 Seed Dispersal Adaptations and Strategies 169
6 Germination Adaptations, Strategies and Influences on Germination During Seed Wetting 211
7 Embryo and Seedling Survival and Plant Development 281
8 Summary of the Complementary Sets of Survival Strategies of Some Common Species of the Negev Desert That Have Been Studied in Detail 303
References 315
Index of Latin Names 337
Subject Index 341
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